PREVIEW: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will look to stay on top as they host Maccabi Petah Tikva while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will try to get a home win on Monday against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona - Maccabi Petah Tikva
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona currently in first place, will look for a victory against visiting Maccabi Petah Tikva at Municipal Stadium on Saturday.
Bryan Gerzicich is once again expected to start in the midfield for his club. The Los Angeles native has started all prior league games for them this season.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona is led by Asad Amasha. Amasha, who is listed as a defender, has been playing midfield and currently leads the club with seven goals on the season.
Another big part of the success belongs to 24 year old goalkeeper Gay Haimoiv. Haimoiv has started all but two league games for his team that has allowed 13 goals on the season.
Maccabi Petah Tikva currently sits in seventh place in the league standings but only two points out of fourth. A win for them against Hapoel could help a lot of teams out and really tighten the race at the top of the Israel Premier League.
Maccabi is led by a pair of young Israeli strikers Omer Damari who has four goals and Tal Ben Haim with six goals.
Maccabi Netanya - Maccabi Tel Aviv
Leo Krupnik, will be expected to start and assume his usual role Monday for Maccabi Netanya.
The 31 year old defender will look to lead his young teammates to victory at Shar-Tov Stadium. Netanya currently sets in eighth place but only three points out of fifth.
A win at home could vault Krupnik and Netanya back into the mix with the top teams in the league. It could also breathe some more energy into a young team that started out the season very hot but has cooled off some of late.
Maccabi Tel Aviv comes into the contest with two losses and a tie over their last three but they are also still in position to jump up the standings with a win.
Tel Aviv is led in scoring by Bosnian born midfielder Haris Medunjanin and the young Israeli striker Eliran Atar who have each scored four times. Coach Yossi Mizrahi will be hoping his Tel Aviv squad can ruin the home date for Netanya in an early afternoon action.
Ryan Adeleye and his Hapoel Be'er Sheva teammates will look to continue to build on last week's 1-0 win against Hapoel Ashkelon however Adeleye is once again expected to start the match on the sidelines as a non starter.